By Doug Gorman
After losing a couple of heartbreaking games to begin the season, the Mt. Zion baseball team opened Region 2-AAAAA play Thursday night with a 12-5 victory over Westside Macon.
With the win, Mt. Zion improved its record to 4-4 overall.
Just about everything went right for the Bulldogs as they got a solid pitching effort from Cannady Walker, and a potent offense from its entire lineup. By the end of the game, Mt. Zion tallied 15 hits.
"We have been hitting the ball hard all year," said Mt. Zion head coach Bruce Jones. "It was good to open the region with a quality win.
Mt. Zion spotted the Seminoles three runs in the first inning before the Bulldogs settled down to take command of the game.
After giving up two doubles in the first inning, Walker found the grove and allowed just four more hits and two runs the rest of the way.
He demonstrated excellent control with six strikeouts and two walks.
Offensively, the Bulldogs spread the wealth as every starter reached base at least one time en route to the win.
Dusty White finished the game with three singles. He scored twice and knocked in three runs.
Walker helped his own cause with a double and a single. He also reached on an error and scored twice.
David Nemeth added to the hit parade with two hits, and a run scored. He also reached twice on errors by the Westside shortstop.
Myron Gates ripped a triple in the third and walked and scored in the fifth.
Emory Clark poked two singles for the Bulldogs.
Brian Rice made sure every member of the lineup reached base with his ground-rule double in the sixth. Rice had gone hitless until that point in the game.
The Bulldogs rallied in the second inning with two runs, and grabbed the lead for good with a five-run explosion in the third inning.
Nine batters came to the plate in the inning and Gates delivered the big blow during the rally with his triple.
After the third inning, the Bulldogs led 7-3.
Westside cut the lead to 7-4 in the fourth inning, but Mt. Zion scored two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to round out the scoring.
The Seminoles threatened to rally in the seventh, but managed just one run before the Bulldogs closed out the contest when Gates hauled in a fly ball for the final out.